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Welcome to the July 2017 issue of MathsThroughStories.org newsletters!

 

It's summer holiday! Hoorah! To keep you occupied, we bring you exclusive interviews with three of our favourite mathematical story authors, including Cindy Neuschwander, author of the much-loved Sir Cumference series! Additionally, three (early years) teachers from the UK, Australia and Malta are sharing their experience of how they incorporated a story in their mathematics teaching. We hope you will be inspired to give this approach a go yourself!

Finally, if you know any colleagues who might be interested in what we do, please encourage them to sign up to our monthly newsletters here :-)

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
 
Don't miss our exclusive interviews with some of our most favourite mathematical story authors and illustrators who will help you and your children unpick the creative process involved in creating a mathematical picturebook.

To start reading these interviews, simply choose from the options below. To see which other authors and illustrators we have got lined up for you, click here

 
Tom Robinson ​(Washington) is the author of Fibonacci Zoo (2015), published by Arbordale Publishing, and illustrated by Christina Wald. The story provides a great introduction to the Fibonacci sequence to young children. This is one of the rare picture books out there that deals with this concept. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Tom
Doris Fisher ​(Texas) is the co-author of 'One Odd Day' (2006), 'My Even Day' (2007), and 'My Half Day' (2008), all of which are published by Arbordale Publishing, and illustrated by Karen Lee. This collection of picture books is useful to teach foundational aspects of numbers, such as odd and even numbers, as well as fractions. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Doris.
Cindy Neuschwander ​(California) has authored all 10 titles in the very well-established and much-loved Sir Cumference series, and 3 other titles in a separate series, following mathematical adventures of Matt and Bibi ('Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry', 'Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity' and 'Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning'). Click here to read our exclusive interview with Cindy. 
IDEAS FOR STORY-BASED MATHEMATICS TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Three early years teachers - Carla Stanley (Australia), Jennifer Formosa (Malta) and Hannah Rodrigues (UK) - are here to share with you their experience of incorporating stories in their mathematics teaching. Regardless of which age group of children you are working with, we hope their experience will inspire you to give this creative approach of mathematics teaching a go yourself!

If you have previously used a story in your mathematics teaching and would like to share your experience with fellow teachers and parents, consider becoming one of our growing team of On-line Contributors! Click here for more details. 
Click here to see how Carla incorporated 'Ten Terrible Dinosaurs' into her mathematics teaching
Click here to see how Hannah based her mathematics activities on 'Cockatoos'
Click here to see how Jennifer designed her mathematics lesson around 'Hooray for Fish!'
LATEST WEBSITE STATS

As of today, MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 46,000 times by nearly 7,000 teachers and parents from over 100 countries around the world! This is truly amazing and a reflection of a collective demand of members of our community to learn more about how mathematical stories can be integrated meaningfully in mathematics teaching and learning. To find out more about these Google Analytics statistics, click here for a full report.

 
FANCY WRITING A BRIEF ARTICLE?
 
Very conveniently, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai (the Founder of MathsThroughStories.org) also serves as Co-Editor of The Mathematical Association's Primary Mathematics journal.  

The Mathematical Association is a professional society concerned with mathematics education in the UK, and was established in 1871 (!) The Association has several journals, one of which is Primary Mathematics, which is practitioners-oriented, and attracts over 5,000 readers.

For the Summer 2018 issue, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai hopes to make it a Special Issue with a focus on the power of storytelling in mathematics learning. He is very keen to hear from both practitioners and researchers (UK and beyond) who can contribute a brief article (2-3 pages) on this topic. If you are interested, please get in touch!

 
PLEASE HELP COMPLETING OUR SURVEY
 
We are currently conducting an international survey exploring teachers' beliefs concerning the use of children's literature and stories in mathematics teaching and learning. If you are a teacher or a teacher trainee (teaching in either the early years or primary phase) in one of the following countries, we would be grateful if you could complete our survey!

The countries are: Australia, Botswana, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, and the USA

MathsThroughStories.org is a non-profit and research-based initiative.
 
It sets out to help mathematics learners around the world develop their conceptual understanding in mathematics and to help them foster positive attitudes towards the subject through the power of storytelling.
 
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